I remember when I went to school, we were a mixed lot.
There were 7-Dayers, Catholics, Presbyterians, and even Holey Rollers. We didn't have any Buddhists, Muslims, or Shintoist. Only a few of the kids, with really perverted parents, would tell another that they would go to hell for their religion, or their lack thereof.
I remember that we would pledge our allegiance to our country. Of course, the symbol of the country was on the wall, so we would start off by, making the pledge to the flag which was before us, but we were careful to explain that it simply stood for that nation which was indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We were happy to show our respect for our country, and them days we did not have to state whos all-mighty should be in control that day.
I remember that we learned that no official, elected or otherwise, was required take a religious oath, And the first Amendment stated that no laws should ever be made relating to religion. It was true, that a few pieces of our money had the oddity of being inscribed with, In God we Trust. That inscription did not make that coin any more, or less spendable. It was just an oddity!
Yes, in them days the rules we made concerning games and duties were meant to level the playing field, not to tilt it for the big kids, or some religious predilection. The big kids understood that without those rules, there would be no games. It seems that it was the same with the big folk as well, and they seemed to be proud to pay their taxes.
We were on a different side of History then, and it was good.
Dennis G. Gordon
This holiday season, I would like to encourage all citizens to honor our law enforcement officers by participating in Project Blue Light, which asks citizens to place a blue light in a window during the holiday months to show support for their local officers as they patrol the streets during the busy season.
This is a time officers miss being home with their families the most. We all want to be with loved ones and friends and family, enjoying the holiday festivities and traditions, as do our law enforcement officers. By participating in Project Blue Light, it tells them you remember the ones who are gone and those who are on patrol, who continue to guard our personal safety and the security of our homes and businesses as we go about our holiday preparations.
C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) began promoting Project Blue Light in 1988 after Dolly Craig, the surviving mother-in-law of Officer Daniel Gleason, a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty, decided to place a blue light in her window in remembrance. Mrs. Craig sent her Christmas message to the C.O.P.S. national office. Her daughter, Pam, the surviving widow of Officer Gleason, had been killed in a car accident in August of 1988, just before the holiday season. Mrs. Gleason wrote, "This holiday, I'm putting two blue lights in my living room window. One is for Pam, who believed so much in the C.O.P.S. organization." Mrs. Craig is now deceased, but her idea for Project Blue Light burns bright in the hearts of the law enforcement family.
The blue lights are Christmas candles with the light bulb replaced with a blue light bulb, which can be bought at various discount stores around town. This is a very inexpensive way to show law enforcement officers your support during the holiday season.
Love flag or leave
I am tired of our nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture in our search for freedom against terrorism. Since the attacks on September 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled, when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
As Americans, we have our own culture, society, language and lifestyle. However, there are few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. The idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. Our culture has been developed over the centuries of hardship, struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women.
"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation. It is certainly appropriate to display it on our walls of our schools along with our children saying the Pledge of Allegiance, because "God" is part of our culture.
So if "God," the "Stars and Stripes" or fighting for our nation's freedom offends you, then you should consider a move to another part of the world.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen of America the right to express their opinion, but once you are done complaining, whining and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of our great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
God bless America.
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